Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Frame Maker to Gek

The work space,

La Parisienne framed, just needs to be painted gold.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bargoed Woodland Park

This was Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley as seen by L S Lowry in 1965, all a treeless smoke and grim landscape from the three separate coal mine workings.

Fast forward 50 years to a restored woodland.

The cycle track beginning,

from which you can nip down to the river,

 or climb up to see the buttercups.

Either way, it is a lovely walk to take on a sunny day.

Friday, May 27, 2016

From Caerphilly Common

As viewed from our neighbour's back garden down the Rhymney, with Caerphilly Castle just peeking over the trees in the valley bottom.

Walk up to the trig point atop the Common,

to look back up the Rhymney towards,

Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacon National Park or turn around for,

a view over the Bristol Channel in to England.  Mind you, whichever way you look, you have a View.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


The view of Hengoed from across the Rhymney Valley.  No. 17 is at the top of the hill, centre of the photo, just below the trees

The Hengoed Viaduct is now part of a national cycle route.  Great views up and down the valley are to be had from it.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Grand Union Canal

Photo by How Ming
From Greenwich, we motored over to Harrow to spend the weekend with How Ming and C P.  On a beautiful Sunday, we took a stroll along the Grand Union Canal.  Quite a week it has been.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Greenwich Park

A couple of days after Andy's visit we tripped up to Town to stay with Richard.  A walk in the park on a beautifully sunny spring day cannot be beaten.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Singapore Visitors

Our first visitors from Singapore, Andy and Fong Leng.

As per usual, we embarked on a whirlwind tour of the area, through the Vale of Glamorgan to the head of the Ogmore Valley, down to Porthcawl for a fish and chip lunch before returning to Caerphilly,  a final stop for afternoon tea with Welsh Cakes.

Day two found us in Cardiff where I insisted that Andy viewed my favourite Renoir painting, La Parisienne.  Gek has reproduced this beauty in miniature several times.

Friday, May 06, 2016

The Sirhowy Valley

It being a lovely warm day, we decided to stop playing at house and took ourselves off over the hill to the valley next to ours, the Sirhowy Valley

So many shades of green, with curious sheep checking us out.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Scaping the Garden

 This mornings delivery from the B&Q man.  16 bags of bark and 15 bags of Coltswold stone chips.

Set to work straight away,

From the Left,

from the Right.  Job done in time for the Tesco run.   Notice the paved area for Gek to pratice her Tai Chi.